If you thought it was all about the salary package, then think again. While a decent salary package is certainly nice, there’s more to ensuring your employees are highly engaged.
- Flexible work arrangements
- Gift vouchers as a thank you
- Make recognition public, through awards, certificates and announcements.
- Facilitate peer-to-peer recognition for performance outside of work, such as volunteering, or sporting achievements. This could be done through internal blogs, newsletters and in team meetings.
- Investment in continued education for employees.
Work opportunities that help staff reach individual career goals.
- Make it fun – award trophies and T-shirts to the best teams.
What Makes Recognition Programs Effective?
Effective recognition must highlight outstanding effort, instead of awarding prizes randomly, as in, “whose turn is it this month”.
- Recognition needs to be merit-based and all-inclusive.
- It should be awarded soon after the relevant performance.
- It needs to recognize the employee’s individuality. We are all different and are therefore motivated in different ways. This is where good management comes in!
Finally, if you are among the majority of people who feel that recognition at the workplace could be improved, don’t just leave it up to management.
Reward yourself! If you did a great job, you deserve the acknowledgement. Treat yourself, tell yourself you have done a good job, positive affirmations are powerful! Perhaps even encourage a peer-to-peer recognition system at work.
But, if you really want to reward yourself make sure to join our Admin Professionals’ competition for the really big prize – a ticket to the two-day Executive Secretary LIVE conference in New Zealand with return airfares. The competition is open to Executive/Personal Assistants, Team Assistants and Office Managers. Head to www.est10competition.com.au to enter. Entries close at 5 pm, Friday, May 31st.
Even better, you can all win, as all entrants will receive a 10% discount to all Executive Secretary LIVE conferences.
Good luck! You deserve it!